There are so many bargain packages around for the Greek Islands, with regular offers on cheap flights to Corfu. This fabulous Island, set in the Ionion Sea, has its airport just a few miles from its capital, Corfu Town. The airport is fairly basic, but serves its purpose. There is just the one terminal serving both domestic and international flights. There are the usual facilities including refreshment bars and a few shops. The best way into town is either by bus or taxi. The buses are frequent and probably the best bet, as taxis can be a little pricey, although a price can be agreed before setting off. Bus number 2 heads straight to the centre, dropping off at San Rocco Square.
The most popular mode of transport is the hire car and there does seem to be a rent-a-car outlet on every corner and one in between! Scooters are also one for the tourists arriving on Corfu flights, but a little experience is probably best before trying them; many a tourist has returned with a souvenir scar! The public buses, all dark blue, in and around the town centre, ferry folk about at their own pace and of course walking is always an option, particularly in the old town with its cobbled streets. For travel further afield, up into the northern resorts perhaps, look for the green buses: destinations are highlighted, but the rented car has to be the best choice especially if the cheap airfare to Corfu has left a little extra in the spending pool.
Achillion Palace with its stunning gardens and lines of impressive statues, simply demands a camera, as does the tranquil resort of Paleokastritsa, well-known to tourists arriving on their cheap flights to Corfu, as a treasured beauty spot. The Aqualand Waterpark also boasts the world's 3rd largest wave pool and any time on the island should include a visit to the north eastern resort of Dasssia, for its marvellous water sports. History runs through Corfu and time spent at the archaeological museum and the 8th century fort is an education in itself. A real must is the short drive across to the west coast of the island to catch sight of some of the most spectacular sunsets imaginable.
Corfu Town has seemingly endless streets of shops, many typically aimed at tourists, but there are some wonderful ceramics to be had. Food is dominated by the fresh fish, which is locally caught, but there is also diversity in cuisine throughout the island. There does appear to be a Venetian influence in many of the dishes served up, with a delicacy known as sofrito, which is veal, being very common. Bella Napoli is a very popular Italian restaurant; and Ioannis also does very well with the novel idea of allowing customers to choose what they want directly from the kitchen. Alternatively there is now a Hard Rock Cafe, part of the worldwide chain.
The night-life varies in the extremes, depending on which part of the island you are in. Corfu Town has plenty of cafe bars, and attracts a lot of live concerts through the summer months. Cavos in the south is exclusively for the party animal, whilst Kassiopi and Ipsos are two more with a lively feel. However, Benitses, once the happening place for the younger element, has slipped back to being a sleepy fishing village.
16 October 2017
16 October 2017
Anna Ś, Alkmaar
15 October 2017